Thick paper for painting on.
3 Cardboard tubes
toothbrush or pot scrubber
3 Paper plates
Paints in the colors of red, white and blue
Cover the table or work surface before beginning.
Give each painter a large piece of paper. Explain that they are going to be creating fireworks. While I chose white paper - black would be more representative of the night sky. If you have it offer both and at the end of the activity contrast and compare.
To begin use your scissors to cut slits in your cardboard tubes. You may space them evenly or randomly or both! Pour a dollop of paint onto the paper plates. One plate for each color.
Bend the slits back on your cardboard tubes so they splay open. These are your stamps! With your tube dip it into the red paint. Twist and turn in the paint until all the parts are covered. Stamp in random spots on the paper. Repeat in the same places with each of the colors. Fireworks!
To extend the activity - try using the forks, straws, toothbrush or potscrubber as your stamps. Which firework pattern do you like the best?
Books to share to teach children about Memorial Day:Memorial Day (Let's Celebrate) by Clara Cella Many men and women have died fighting for our country. They gave their lives to keep us free. Lets celebrate them on Memorial Day.
The Poppy Lady: Moina Belle Michael and Her Tribute to Veterans by Barbara WalshWhen American soldiers entered World War I, Moina Belle Michael, a schoolteacher from Georgia, knew she had to act. Some of the soldiers were her students and friends. Almost single-handedly, Moina worked to establish the red poppy as the symbol to honor and remember soldiers. And she devoted the rest of her life to making sure the symbol would last forever. Thanks to her hard work, that symbol remains strong today. Author Barbara Elizabeth Walsh and artist Layne Johnson worked with experts, primary documents, and Moina's great-nieces to better understand Moina's determination to honor the war veterans.